Discussion sessions and excursions were on the agenda of the two-day event. The energy agency SOFENA had invited the participants to the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, where the participants discussed organisational measures and financial models for municipal energy management. The project proposes the employment of energy managers and technical experts in municipal administration bodies as organisational measures. Until now, there has often been a lack of experts and competencies have been spread across different departments.
Group picture at the Training Centre for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. Photo: SOFENA
The discussion topics also included the project’s successful training programmes, through which administrative employees and municipal decision makers are trained. The training courses also target building occupants such as teachers, caretakers and children. Training topics include energy management in buildings, energy audits, energy standards and energy efficiency requirements.
Field trip to kindergarten
Excursions on the second day of the project meeting took the participants to four municipal buildings in Sofia, Elin Pelin and Novi Han, where they visited a kindergarten, a school, a clinical centre and a community building. Visitors were able to exchange information on problems and solutions with the responsible persons.
An excursion took the participants to a kindergarten that had energy-saving potential. Photo: SOFENA
One example of energy-saving potential is the kindergarten which the participants visited. Its energy consumption has risen steadily in recent years and there are also problems with the heating supply. The old kindergarten building and the adjoining swimming pool are not heated balanced by the gas-oil boilers. The kindergarten could save energy through energy monitoring, an energy control system and a functioning hydraulic balance. A photovoltaic system for the kindergarten could also further improve the ecological footprint.
In Elin Pelin, the deputy mayor Stoyan Stoyanov (2nd from right) received the delegation. Photo: SOFENA
As part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) project, the participating European energy and climate action agencies regularly engage in cross-border dialogue and exchange information and experiences. The Klimaschutzagentur Weserbergland (Germany), the Energy Agency of Podravje (Slovenia), the Kaunas Regional Energy Agency (Lithuania) and the Sofia Energy Agency (Bulgaria) all participate in the “Municipal Energy Management“ project. The European Climate Initiative also supports further energy-saving projects in the municipal sector and in buildings.